SMART – A New Tool for Wildlife Conservation

Coronavirus has brought up some issues around human-wildlife interactions. Could this pandemic be one solution to wildlife conservation of certain animals? Probably.

If I’ve learned anything about conserving animals though, is that there are thousands of solutions and there is nothing that’s black and white. We all need to think outside of the box if we’re going to make an impact. (you’re helping by helping me share these stories)

So this story, is a success story. It’s not directly related to what’s happening in the pandemic, other than it made it more difficult to shoot. But it is a great example of how a group of people are helping with something that seems so simple. I think we can all learn from this. Maybe it’ll allow others to think about alternatives to our current approaches in the other areas that need our attention.

Stay healthy and stay in if you can. Thanks always for watching the videos I put out. I’ll probably be able to put out more in the coming months, as I lost all my current storytelling jobs. Literally this pandemic is shutting all of my travel down. But that’s cool (I guess), because I still have a lot to share.

Because of that I want to give a big shoutout to all of you. While the number is still small, it does allow me to keep moving forward on this platform. That’s amazing.

Written by Rob Nelson

Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is the co-creator and director of Untamed Science. His goal is to create videos and content that are entertaining, accurate, and educational. When he's not making science content, he races whitewater kayaks and works on Stone Age Man.

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